Reliving Fond Memories
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35 Years and Still Very Unlivable
Monday, August 09, 2004 was the 35th birthday of the venerable Haunted Mansion. This â€śrideâ€? remains a fine example of what we have come to know as Disney Entertainment. This attraction, as well as The Pirates of the Caribbean, continues to play to packed houses each operating day, which is remarkable for an older non rollercoaster attraction. Without riding â€śThe Mansionâ€?, I donâ€™t feel like Iâ€™ve had a Disney Day. I must hear that forlorn organ in the Foyer and smell the musty air conditioning!
I came to the park this day to find out how Disneyland was celebrating. On Main Street, I walked to Disneyana. I asked the CM if indeed the Mansionâ€™s birthday was today. He replied it was, and directed my attention to the shelves of merchandise for the event. There were key rings, mugs, magnets and a purse all emblazoned with the attraction poster. I asked if there were anything special to commemorate the actual birthday, a pin or something. He said there wasnâ€™t, but a special watch offered across the street, a special edition (only 35 made). The Disney Gallery also had something going and I should go over there.
Which I did.
Entering into the Gallery, I spied people squatting, squinting and reading the artwork carefully. Nearby a Cast Member stood behind a small table. She wore a Happy Birthday sticker you could get at the happy birthday party at Plaza Inn. And where you signed your name, she had written â€śHaunted Mansionâ€?. Other Cast Members in the gallery wore them as well.
I asked her what was happening for the birthday. Well, she said happily, they are having a â€śscavenger huntâ€? within the Gallery. She handed me two pieces of paper. The first is a series of questions. The answers are in the gallery, and I write down the answers on the second, slimmer piece of paper. When I have finished, a Cast Member will check the answers. If they are all correct, then the answer sheet becomes a â€śFirst In Lineâ€? pass to be taken to the Haunted Mansion and handed to the butler or maid in attendance
Welcome, foolish mortals,
Celebration 35 Spine-Tingling Years of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion
Follow the clues around the
Disney Gallery to
Bonus Question: Name the three Hitchhiking Ghosts!
What else is there? I asked. Are there any pins or something special? Haunted Mansion fried cheesecakeâ€¦anything?? She didnâ€™t think so; she hadnâ€™t heard anything at that point in the day (it was the afternoon). She did say that there is 20% off on all Print-On-Demand today.
I kept the quiz for my collection. I thanked the Cast Member, leaving the Gallery and heading to the Mansion. The CMs were wearing the birthday stickers also. The wait was five minutes. I rode my favorite all time attraction three times in a row. That is my salute. I treasure this ride, and always will. I took the time to come down and pay my respects. The Mansion looks good, and wears well.
Happy birthday, Haunted Mansion!!
-- David Mink
Reliving Fond Memories is normally posted the third Wednesday of each month.
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-- Posted August 10, 2004